tan renga with Basho

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1665 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (12) “special” Basho “Miscanthus bud”
“Welcome at a “special” episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019. Today I have a few nice haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) for you to work with. You may choose a haiku to work with of you can use them all. Why is this episode “special”? Well I realised today that this year Basho’s birth and death are celebrated. He was born 325 years ago and died 375 years ago, so in my opinion this is “special”.”

another year is gone
a traveler’s shade on my head,
straw sandals at my feet                          © Basho

journey finds me back at home
stand in worn hat and sandals              © Sara McNulty


now then, let’s go out
to enjoy the snow … until
I slip and fall!                                             © Basho

covered in fresh snow up to
neck . . . like a giant snowman              © Sara McNulty


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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